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Mueller set to testify before Congress on special counsel report

Posted at 4:26 AM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 06:30:14-04

On Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller is giving lawmakers their first opportunity to question him about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s efforts to curtail that investigation.

Mueller is appearing before the House Judiciary Committee for three hours beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by two hours before the House Intelligence Committee.

During his nearly two-year investigation, Mueller found that Russia meddled in the 2016 campaign through an operation to break into computer networks and sow division on social media to bolster Mr. Trump at the expense of Hillary Clinton. He did not, however, establish that Trump campaign officials “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

The special counsel also declined to make a determination about whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice, although his report outlined 10 instances of potential obstruction. After Mueller submitted his report in March, the attorney general determined there was insufficient evidence to conclude Mr. Trump had obstructed justice.

Mueller is not expected to stray from the information provided in his report in his testimony before Congress, but House Democrats are hoping his appearance will raise awareness the report’s findings.